Teacher Residency & Hybrid Programs
Welcome! We are happy to have you as part of the Benerd School of Education teacher credentialing program. We partner with four external cohort groups, Alliance, Aspire, Bay Area Teaching Training Institute (BATTI) and Teach Now. Resources on this page are specific to teacher residents who are members of those groups. If you have any questions, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 209-946-2277.
Volunteer Live Scan Form
California Credentialing Commission Live Scan Form
Find a Live Scan Site
California State Exam Preparation & Registration
Additional Free Test Prep
United States Constitution Resources
California Credentialing & Education Links
California Credentialing Commission (CTC)
Certificate of Clearance
CTC Multi-Subject (Multiple Subject) Credential Info
CTC Single Subject (Single Subject) Credential Info
CTC Special Education Credential Information
California Department of Education
Credential Office Hot Topics
1. Why are two sets of fingerprints (live scan) required?
The volunteer live scan is reported directly to the credential office and is required for our office to be in compliance with the CA Department of Justice regulations. The CASM live scan is to establish your professional record with the CA Teacher Credentialing Commission
2. If I have a CA valid emergency 30-day sub permit or a CA Site Supervisor Permit, can I submit a copy of that in place of the Certificate of Clearance?
Yes, if you already hold a valid CA permit issued by the CA Credentialing commission, it may be submitted in place of the Certificate of Clearance and you will not have to complete the CASM fingerprints.
3. I read that basic skills and subject matter requirements must be met to earn a CA credential. What does this mean?
The basic skills requirement can be met either by passing the CBEST or CSET Writing Skills exam it is required of anyone who is pursuing a teaching credential. California Education Code Sections 44252 and 44252.6 specify that candidates must demonstrate, in English, proficiency in basic reading, writing, and mathematics skills. Please check with the credential analyst for specifics regarding alternative tests to meet the basic skills requirement.
The subject matter requirement must be met by anyone pursuing a Multiple Subject, Single Subject Teaching or Preliminary Education Specialist Credential. This means that you have to prove to the state that you know the subject area that you will be teaching. You can meet subject matter requirements:
- For Multiple Subject (MS) Candidates & Education Specialist Credential by passing the three sections of the CSET Multi-Subject test
- For Single Subject (SS) Candidates by passing the CSET in specific subject matter
4. Where can I find information on the different tests?
Information can be found on the CTC Exams website.
5. How will I know if I have satisfied the US Constitution requirement?
The credential analyst will review transcripts to see if the requirement has been met. If you earned your bachelor's degree at a California State University (CSU) you automatically meet the requirement. This requirement can be met by passing the online test offered by Notre Dame de Namur University found at the U.S. Constitution Exam website.
6. What is the process for applying for my credential?
a. Successful completion of coursework
b. Completion and passing of PACT & TPE's
c. Passage of all state mandated tests
d. Multi-Subject & Ed Specialist Credentials (passing RICA score)
e. Completion of Adult & Infant & Child (Pediatric) CPR
f. Financially clear with the university
g. Final grades posted
7. Is the credential I earn No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and CLAD compliant?
Yes, since 2004 the credential earned, whether MS, SS or Ed Specialist is an SB 2042 which is NCLB compliant through passage of the CSET and has English Learner authorization built into the program.
8. I read that basic skills and subject matter requirements must be met to earn a CA credential. What does this mean?
The CBEST or CSET Writing Skills exam is required of anyone who is pursuing a teaching credential. California Education Code Sections 44252 and 44252.6 specify that candidates must demonstrate, in English, proficiency in basic reading, writing, and mathematics skills.
The State of California requires that anyone pursuing a Multiple Subject, Single Subject Teaching Credential or a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential, verify subject matter competence as a part of their teaching qualifications. This means that you have to prove to the state that you know the subject area that you will be teaching. You can meet subject matter competence by taking the appropriate CSET subject exam.
9. Can I take an online CPR course?
No, the CPR course must be an in seat course which covers Infant, Child & Adult CPR (also known as Pediatric & Adult).